Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
Our team is excited to be the only provider in South Florida to bring you Focused Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT). This is a new tool used in many countries across the globe for promoting natural healing without surgery.
Focused Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (also known as ESWT) also known as Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) works by delivering acoustic waves directly to the area triggering pain. This technology was initially developed to break up kidney stones during lithotripsy, but research shows that many orthopedic injuries improve with ESWT.
This non-invasive procedure does not involve needles or surgery and results are seen within only a few treatments. The device delivers shock waves that are precise and targeted through a handheld wand. Deep tissues can be reached and there are no significant adverse effects. ESWT is a fantastic alternative to pain medication with some patients experiencing relief after the first visit.
The therapy isn’t new, but its use in the treatment of painful joints and muscles is a relatively recent development. Shockwave therapy was originally developed to help urologists treat kidney stones non-invasively. Now it’s successfully used to help treat many musculoskeletal conditions.
Multiple scientific papers have found that it can successfully treat conditions such as heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendinopathy.
There are no known side effects to having shockwave therapy.
How does ESWT work and reduce pain?
Shock waves are high-energy acoustic waves. These waves are delivered directly onto the skin that covers the affected area. This kind of pain relief therapy uses low-energy sound, or acoustic, waves, rather than electrical waves. The waves easily penetrate the skin and radiate as a shockwave throughout the affected muscle, joint or tendon. Shockwave therapy is therefore a targeted type of therapy, only treating the areas that are injured or damaged.
During the treatment, this wave is focused through a lens and transmitted into the body, up to a depth of 4.7″. The shock waves interrupt pain pathways of inflamed nerves while stimulating cells and the body’s intrinsic healing mechanism. This leads to the restoration of the healthy functioning of cells and brings new blood flow to the area to encourage natural healing.
When you go for shockwave treatment, your therapist will use a handheld device connected to a machine that turns compressed air into sound waves. They’ll apply some light pressure and move the device over the area that requires treatment. Ultrasound gel is applied to the skin beforehand to help transmit the shockwaves through the skin.
What conditions does ESWT treat?
Focused Shock Wave Therapy is indicated by the FDA as a non-invasive treatment option for patients with painful soft tissue (muscle, tendons and ligaments), joint and bone conditions. The therapy can help those with sports or overuse injuries and can benefit those undergoing physiotherapy for a range of complaints.
Shockwave Therapy is used to help treat the following conditions: (Please let me know if there is anything else it can help)
- Plantar fasciitis Foot and heel pain
- Acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain
- Release of trigger points
- Dissolving of calcified fibroblasts
- Stimulation of collagen
- Reversal of chronic inflammation
- Muscle strain healing
- Muscle regeneration support
- Muscle spasms
- Runner and jumper’s knee
- Iliotibial band Syndrome, or ITBS – hip pain
- Medial tibial stress syndrome – shin splints
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Shoulder tendonitis
- Achilles tendon pain
- Bony heel spurs
How many treatments will I need?
Generally, three (3) to five (5) sessions are necessary at weekly intervals. Treatment sessions take approximately 5-10 minutes depending on the type of problem area that is being treated.
What are the possible side effects/complications?
The non-invasive ESWT treatment has virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases, patients may experience slight discomfort which may continue for a few days in extremely sensitive areas. Patients may experience bruising, swelling, or redness of the skin over the treatment area. Contraindications to ESWT include bleeding disorders, active malignancy, and pregnancy.
Benefits of ESWT
- No anesthesia
- No scarring
- No risk of infection
- No downtime
- Over 80% of patient satisfaction
- Faster, easier healing
Learn More or Get Started
Call us today at 305-450-2952 for more information or set up an appointment for Focused Shock Wave Therapy!